A $500 House in Detroit: Rebuilding an Abandoned Home and an American City
Drew Philp, an idealistic college student from a working-class Michigan family, decides to live wh ...more
Since that time a lot has gone down, and many people moved out.
Drew, the author, after graduating college, decided he wanted to move to the city from a comfortable life in the suburbs, in search for a more authentic life. He buys a huge ...more
The title, A $500 HOUSE IN DETROIT, drew me in as I lived the first 25 years of my life in a suburb of Detroit and still have many relatives who reside there. Over the last several decades, I've heard stories about the suspicious fires, needless destruction, and of course, the city's ultimate downfall and bankruptcy that author Drew Philp addresses here.
This work of non-fiction centers around Drew himself as a young naive man with a big heart, a lot of backbone and very limited funds w...more
This book is very hard for me to review. There are parts that I really liked, but parts that I felt were very self-serving. Not too far into the book I garnered a dislike for the author. He seemed to be very arrogant and haughty, disguised behind his stated insecurities. In his youthful age, and lack of any practical experience, he was ready to take on the world. With that type of enthusiasm, I should have been delighted - a young man raring to go and start his life under his terms. How ...more
Philp came from a rural area of Michigan, from generations of people who worked with their hands. He attended University of Michigan but was repulsed by the v ...more
The Queen Anne would require a great amount of time to em ...more
It is understandable that a young man would want to set down on record such a courageous and meaningful experience as restoring an old home in one of our most ravaged and dangerous inner cities. But the every detail provided by this amateur home renovator is often too much and really not necessary. Philp’s brief flirtation as well with a visiting female architectural student was also a bit superfluous and awkward. Many attempts were made by the writer to i ...more
Scheduled: Oct 21, 2017
That was many years ago and as everyone knows, the boom went bust for Detroit. We've read about Detroit's problems in the news, but what about the regrowth that is happening? Or the people that never left? Drew Philp. is one of those ...more
I knocked off a star for the inexplicably harsh critique of suburbanites, and anyone who doesn't make what they need from trash. I like making things, but I don't view people who don't with contempt. To each his own.
I also bloody hate this book. I have no right to hate it, it's purely out of envy. I, too, am writing a book of Detroit, including many similar experiences as Philp. Comparing checklists to each book, one might find many of the same boxes checked. Now, when mine is published, somebody will label me a fraud, copycat.
But maybe it's worth it. This book is frickin great.
A $500 dollar house in Detroit by Drew Philp is an interesting ground-level view of the author’s work in re-building a house and his efforts to help create a home and community for himself in Detroit. His commitment to Detroit and his desire to help be a part of something bigger is palpable throughout which the book’s saving grace is and why I give it a four and not a two. Readers should be aware that however well-intentioned the author he is also really, REALLY judgmental and this creates an un...more